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The king of streetwear and the king of flat-pack furniture have surprisingly collaborated on a new range of products. Named ‘MARKERAD’ (Swedish for “marked) it features tables, toolkits, bags and rugs conceived by the creative director of Louis Vuitton men’s collection, Virgil Abloh. The aim for Ikea was to “blend contemporary art culture and street-art culture”.
A key piece highlighted by Abloh is a rug designed to replicate one of the furniture makers till receipts. It is a representation of the designer’s sense of humour that he showcases through a lot of his work. Note, a clock with the words “TEMPORARY” on it.
“The receipt is a trademark in itself that has been transformed into art. I think that this rug can just as easily be on a floor or hung on a wall”
Across some of the pieces are Abloh’s signature poppy design associated with his brand Off-White. It was also included in their first furniture line that launched this summer.
Many of the pieces can be assembled without tools. This is something that Ikea has tried to innovate towards for numerous years. Hoping to remove the frustrations many people have with flat-pack furniture purchases.
The collection is available in the US stores from November 01st. But hurry as stock is limited.